Mental Illness and Substance Use Anti-Stigma/Discrimination Intervention for Primary Health Care Providers in Ontario

The Office of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and three Toronto-based Community Health Centres (CHCs), South Riverdale CHC (SRCHC), Central Toronto Community Health Services (CTCHC), and Unison Health and Community Services (UnisonHCS) partnered on an anti-stigma/anti-discrimination project which began in 2010 to reduce stigma and discrimination by Primary Health Care (PHC) providers toward people with mental health and substance use issues. The project partnered with and implemented the pilot at CHCs that predominantly serve vulnerable populations in Toronto, Ontario.

What colour is stigma?

Over the course of a ten-week long workshop series at Unison Health and Community Services (Unison HCS) (in collaboration with CAMH), primary healthcare providers and individuals with lived-experiences of mental illness and substance use issues (consumer/survivors) collaborated to answer these types of questions, to explore stigma, discrimination and recovery in the primary health care setting.

Nursing Week News: Announcement of Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research

TORONTO, May 11, 2015 – The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kristin Cleverley to the position of Chair in Mental Health Nursing Research at the University of Toronto effective July 1, 2015. The purpose of the Chair is to develop a new and innovative program of research in mental health nursing that will serve as a catalyst for increasing awareness, dialogue and new knowledge in the field, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. 

Clinical Nurse Specialist (1 position) - Parkwood Institute - Mental Health Care Building

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The Treatment & Rehabilitation Program has adopted the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Model as its overarching philosophical framework. This philosophy is built on a set of principles and values that emphasize client and family involvement in decision making, client choice, the provision of a range of services to meet treatment, rehabilitation and support needs, and a commitment from mental health services professionals to achieving the best possible outcomes for clients based on their stated preferences, wishes, desires and life plans. In order to make this vision a reality the program will ensure that all of its clinical staff have the necessary skills by providing education and training, and will put in place an evaluation framework to measure quality of services delivered including client outcomes. 

Psychotherapy Act: Information to Help Nurses Understand the Current Issues

--From the CNO website--
Psychotherapy now a regulated profession.
On April 1, 2015, the Psychotherapy Act, 2007 came into effect and the College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPO) was created.

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario Mental Health &Addictions Best Practice Champion Network®

Request for Workshop Host Sites for Addressing Substance Use Champion Workshops

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is requesting applications from interested and eligible health care organizations and academic institutions to act as a Host Site for an Addressing Substance Use Best Practice Champion Foundational Workshop and/or an Addressing Substance Use Best Practice Champions Advanced Workshop.

Mental Health & The Law

The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in conjunction with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, is pleased to offer this one-day conference (Thursday, May 21, 2015) to explore the key issues facing health care organizations in the area of mental health and the law. The legislative and regulatory environment governing mental health in Ontario has evolved significantly in recent years. Health care practitioners are consistently faced with new and unique challenges in caring for patients with mental illness.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Advanced Practice Nurse Complex Mental Illness Program, Acute, Non-forensic Services

Please see attached job posting for an APN at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

St Joseph's Health Care - London

Two CNS Positions within St Joseph's Health Care's Forensic Psychiatry Program.

Description is attached and the submission deadline is March 5, 2015

Do you Practice What you Preach?

MHNIG Toronto Satellite Event


Mindfulness for Mental Health Nurses: Making time to breathe some self-care into our work lives
Elizabeth McCay, RN, PhD; Andria Aiello, RN, MN, CPMHN(C)


Taking Charge of Your Mental Health
Charlene Marshall, MSW, RSW; Adriana Caggiano, MSc, OT, OT Reg. (Ont)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Registration @ 1730

MHNIG Members & Students – FREE
Non-MHNIG Member - $10

Please contact MHNIG Toronto Satellite Representative Rodea Jane Casem (



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